Easy Lentil Dahl with Chickpeas Recipe

Easy Lentil Dahl with Chickpeas Recipe

Lentil dahl is a new favourite at our house for dinner. It makes for a nutritious but satisfying meal and the leftovers usually taste even better after they sit in the fridge overnight. John loves to take them to work for his lunch. I’ve been wanting to add some...
Walnut Crusted Chicken Piccata with Vine Tomatoes

Walnut Crusted Chicken Piccata with Vine Tomatoes

This is such an easy and delicious meal to make. Tender chicken breast in a lemon sauce with roasted tomatoes. I think I threw this together in just twenty minutes. It is a fast, healthy dinner when you’re short on time. Piccata is a method of preparing food....
Apple Rose Tart with Hazelnut Crust

Apple Rose Tart with Hazelnut Crust

We have an excess of apples that need to be used up so I decided to try my hand at this apple tart I had pinned for a while. If you are a Pinterest addict like me, you may have seen one of these elegant rose tarts already. The idea for an Apple Rose Tart originates...
My Version of French Cassoulet

My Version of French Cassoulet

In an effort to have more resistant starch in my diet, I looked for bean recipes. Up comes French cassoulet, which also has stock in it’s ingredient list. I’m trying to eat more of that too. Perfect! Cassoulet is a rich, slow-cooked casserole originating...
Tasty Buckwheat Tabbouleh Salad

Tasty Buckwheat Tabbouleh Salad

Last year I resolved to eat more protein from fish, quinoa and buckwheat. I managed plenty of fish but little quinoa and buckwheat. I really like buckwheat, but I only have one recipe that I regularly cook so far. While looking for some buckwheat recipes to try on...
Homemade Hash Browns

Homemade Hash Browns

I’ve been trying to get more spuds into my diet lately. Why? Because they can help you lose weight. Every time I hear someone say that potatoes are unhealthy or “fattening” I can’t help but cringe. Contrary to what the carb police promote, potatoes are actually...
Garlic Mushroom and Spinach Quinoa

Garlic Mushroom and Spinach Quinoa

I’ve made this delicious dish today and it was so good, I couldn’t wait to share it with you. I’ve wanted to add to my collection of go-to quinoa recipes for a while now. I think this is a winner. It has my favourite veggie, mushrooms with some iron rich spinach...
Salmon with a Honey Garlic Ginger Glaze

Salmon with a Honey Garlic Ginger Glaze

Salmon is one of the best fish to cook. It’s healthy and packed with nutrition and great taste. It is very versatile, you can season it with a wide variety of flavours. Baking the fish in foil is the best way to cook fish in my opinion. After 20 minutes, you’ll have a...
Asian Inspired Cucumber Salad

Asian Inspired Cucumber Salad

This has been a new favourite as it is quick and easy to make, delicious and healthy. I love this kind of simple, fresh salad in the summer. The crisp cucumber is light, fresh, healthy, and the dressing is just gorgeous! If you are looking for...
Bone Broth, Fountain of Youth?

Bone Broth, Fountain of Youth?

Homemade bone broth or stock is a nutrition powerhouse. Why is it the fountain of youth? It is rich in collagen and the building blocks of collagen which is essential for having strong, supple and soft skin. It has claims of reducing cellulite. It is also rich in the...
Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Casserole

Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Casserole

I had been craving some comfort food recently, despite the gorgeous warm weather. Something more traditional, creamy and delicious but not one that will create a spare tyre! I knew I wanted to make something with bone broth as I want to eat a lot more of that for my...
Delicious Date Sweetened Granola Bars

Delicious Date Sweetened Granola Bars

I have just finished my Birth Preparation Guide for my Pregnancy Pilates clients. I have also created a YouTube video too. One of the (surprising) recommendations within is to eat 6 date fruit a day in the four weeks leading up to their due date. But before you go,...
Moroccan Buckwheat and Chickpea Stew

Moroccan Buckwheat and Chickpea Stew

This recipe is inspired by the Moroccan Chickpea Hotpot in Eastern Seaboard, Drogheda. I get it every time I go there. Much to my boyfriend’s annoyance. “Try something different!” I tell him, “at least it’s not pork belly”...
Dairy Free Crispy Cauli-Tots

Dairy Free Crispy Cauli-Tots

One of the lovely ladies in my Wednesday morning BarreConcept® class sent me several recipes I might like to try. Thank you Aoife! I was stuck for ideas. One which stood out for me to try first was the Cauliflower tots recipe. But the recipe had cheese, I don’t...
Spicy Lettuce Wraps

Spicy Lettuce Wraps

This is a great light lunch or supper.  My brother used to order lettuce wraps with his Chinese takeaway. That version was super spicy! Unbearably spicy to me so I began making my own. No mouth melting, tongue swelling fire in mine thankfully. I really...
Oven Baked Falafel

Oven Baked Falafel

This week I present you with my Falafel recipe. One of my absolute favourites! I started making these when I temporarily gave up eating meat a few years back. Chickpeas are a great source of protein and complex carbohydrates for vegetarians. Falafel balls are great...
Carrot and Coriander Soup

Carrot and Coriander Soup

This week I have for you, Carrot and Coriander soup! Friday last week I bought a huge bunch of carrots on my regular trip to Gregory’s Vegetable Stall at the market square. You can’t get much fresher than there. If you have a local farmers market...
Roasted Ratatouille

Roasted Ratatouille

I’m not ashamed to admit that the animated movie Ratatouille was what inspired me to make this dish for the first time. I’m so glad I did, I love finding recipes for vegetables I don’t usually eat weekly. In this case aubergine and somewhat the...
Baked Fish Wrapped in Crispy Potatoes

Baked Fish Wrapped in Crispy Potatoes

Trout fillets brushed with a lemon and herb dressing, baked in a wrapping of thinly sliced potatoes until golden brown and nice and crispy. Delicious! The potato wrapping does get nice and crispy and when you bite through it you get hit by the amazingly fresh and...
Salmon with a Honey Mustard Pistachio Crust

Salmon with a Honey Mustard Pistachio Crust

If you are cut from the “I hate fish!!” cloth and are thinking, “There is no way I will ever, ever, ever in my life like fish.” I can sympathise. I used to hate fish! I ignored huge sections of menus for years, but no longer. I have...
Flavour Filled Fish Parcels

Flavour Filled Fish Parcels

I always aim to eat a diet rich in healthy fats, cooking with coconut oil, plenty of avocados, nuts, eggs, butchers bacon, dressing salads with olive oil and if you follow me on Instagram you’ll know I eat plenty of salmon. But that’s the only fish I...

Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

So much for my decision to post every week. I haven’t posted a recipe since August! But I have lots ready to be tested and posted for your enjoyment. What sort of recipes would you like to have more of? I would love your input so I know where to focus my...
Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Quinoa is a favorite in my house. The name “keen-wah” sounds adventurous and exotic, but this “mother grain” is a staple in many other cultures. Quinoa is low on the glycemic index and a source of protein, making it a great addition to...
Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

I was very close to naming these Paleo Peanut Butter cookies until my boyfriend reminded me that peanuts aren’t Paleo. A perfect example of why I don’t follow the Paleo diet. Unless you’re allergic I don’t see why peanuts are...
Katsu-Karē – Breaded Chicken with Sweet Curry Sauce

Katsu-Karē – Breaded Chicken with Sweet Curry Sauce

Katsu is a Japanese method of breadcrumbing chicken. Japanese curry is thicker and sweeter than Indian curry and is always served with a bed of rice. You can buy a curry powder mix and add or use the measures in this recipe. I looked for the ratio of spices that would...
Pear & Almond Scones

Pear & Almond Scones

I love scones! However they are usually quite sugary and made with wheat flour, not a great fit for the ethos of my blog. So a recipe had to be found! Also I’ve had a pear and maple syrup cake that I’ve been dying to make but it has 200g of sugar and a ton...
Crispy Quinoa Cakes

Crispy Quinoa Cakes

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is an ancient grain, or rather, seed, originating from the high altitude regions of the Andean mountains in South America.  Originally grown by the Incas in Ecuador, Bolivia, Columbia and Peru, it was one of the few crops that could...

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

I’ve been looking for more avocado recipes and I found this lurking in my drafts. Yay! How could I forget about it? A delicious, thick, creamy, healthy chocolate pudding! This dessert is so simple and easy to make. You can make it before dinner and leave in...
Hearty Cottage Pie

Hearty Cottage Pie

I love cottage pie! (Turns out Shepherds pie is made with lamb.) This is a delicious hearty meal for a cold day. I’ve always wanted to make my own version without the addition of gravy granules. I’m just not crazy on the flavour or maybe I’m just not...
Chocolate Protein Bars

Chocolate Protein Bars

Typically shop bought protein bars most often are loaded with refined sugars, lack fiber, contain hydrogenated oils, artificial flavors, preservatives, and not to mention the main source of proteins used are manufactured in a lab (you have to do your...

Low Carb Snacks

Sometimes the spread between two meals can get a little long. Here are some easy snack ideas. I will be adding to the list as time goes on. Ideally, a low-carb snack should have foods that are high in fiber and/or important nutrients, feature carbohydrates...

Tasty Potato Curry

This is one of the first recipes I remember learning how to make when I was a teenager. I was determined to learn to cook from scratch. I thought cooking from a jar was cheating and I wanted to know what was in my food. My mum was happy to have dinner made...

Spicy Tuna Cakes

Whether you eat fresh tuna steaks or tuna in a can available as either albacore or light, eating tuna contributes to a healthy diet. Despite the fact that tuna, along with other marine life, contains mercury, consumed in moderation tuna provides protein, vitamins,...
Coriander and Lime Salmon

Coriander and Lime Salmon

Of all the different types of fish, salmon has received the most praise for being a nutritional marvel. It is an excellent source of high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals (including potassium, selenium and vitamin B12) but it is their content of omega-3...

The Breakfast Club

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. But our mornings can be the busiest part of our day. There is hardly time to sit down for a relaxing meal (thank goodness for the weekends) when you are juggling kids, getting ready for work/school or university,...

Quinoa Breakfast Bars

I love breakfast. I used to be a tea and toast girl but over time I have figured out that my breakfast was setting me up to crash and burn. Now on warm mornings, I fire up the blender and make a green smoothie. I find this makes a big difference in my energy, and I...

Overnight Oats

Breakfast cereal is often dripping in sugar. A stroll down the cereal aisle in the supermarket can be a frustrating experience when looking for a healthy option. Even cereals marketed to those looking after their health have added sugar, such as Cornflakes, Special K,...

Creamy Dairy-Free Pasta Sauce

I just love creamy pasta (who doesn’t?!), and sometimes a big, heaped serving of the stuff is just the only thing that will kill my craving for it. However, as any dairy in my diet causes spots across my cheeks I had to find a dairy free alternative.  This is a...
Indian Curry

Indian Curry

This is my favourite curry recipe, I have been craving it all day so I just put some on, dinner can’t come quick enough!!! You can use any veggies, I love mushrooms for the texture and we had courgettes and tomatoes in the fridge. I usually put in broccoli or...
Green Super Smoothie

Green Super Smoothie

Behold, the smoothie: Done right, smoothies can be a great meal or a snack in a glass, since they’re packed with fiber and vitamins. Done poorly, they can add to your waistline — fast. Some smoothies, especially those you purchase rather than make, contain...

Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

The best part about these cookies is they they’re on the healthy side. They contain a lot of almonds, so they’re a great source of protein and vitamin E. And because they don’t contain any wheat, they’re 100% gluten-free! Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups ground almonds Pinch...
Spicy BBQ Sweet Potato Wedges

Spicy BBQ Sweet Potato Wedges

Why sweet potatoes rather than our usual spuds? The moist-fleshed, orange-colored root vegetable may be one of nature’s unsurpassed sources of beta-carotene. Their ability to provide us with a key antioxidant like beta-carotene makes them a standout antioxidant...
Paella Primavera

Paella Primavera

Two ingredients are especially critical for making an authentic Spanish paella. The first is Spanish sort grained rice — especially rice from Calasparra, either Bomba or regular. These are special Spanish rices that absorb large amounts of the broth without...
Crispy Patatas Bravas

Crispy Patatas Bravas

Inspired by my recent trip to Barcelona I’m dying to make my own version of Patatas Bravas, which I ate at nearly every meal over there! Patatas bravas means “fierce potatoes,” and hot smoked Spanish paprika gives the sauce for these roasted spuds an addictive...

Maple Dill Carrots

Ingredients: Makes 4 servings 1 tablespoon coconut oil 3 cups peeled and sliced carrots 4 tablespoons of maple syrup 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill pinch of salt and black pepper How: Boil carrots until tender. Remove from saucepan and drain...

Curried Butternut Squash & Lentil Soup

This hearty and delicious winter soup is just what your body needs to boost your immune system, and warm up your insides on a chilly winter night. Curry powder contains turmeric, a fantastic anti inflammatory! Ingredients: 1 1/2 Tbsp. coconut oil (organic, cold...

Warming South Indian Soup

This is one of my favourite soup recipes of all time! It’s so delicious! Ingredients: 2 tbsp coconut oil 2 cloves garlic, minced thumb sized piece of ginger, peeled and sliced into matchsticks 1 fresh red chilli, deseeded and finely sliced 1/2 tsp mustard seeds...
Classic Red Wine Bolognese

Classic Red Wine Bolognese

I have to say, I just love lasagne! I first started making this as I wanted to make lasagne from scratch. Well all but the pasta sheets. However that was all before I found out that eating dairy was giving me the spots all over my cheeks, so as the sauce is...
Chili Sin Carne

Chili Sin Carne

I started cooking this recipe when I had a few tins of kidney beans in the cupboard that were about to go off. I had been reading about the benefits of eating beans (Beans are a digestive wonder thanks to their high protein and fibre content, supporting the movement...
Guacamole

Guacamole

Firstly I have to confess that I’m not crazy about avocados. I wish I was as they’re so nutritious. You’ll soon know by the recipe content that I have a love for Mexican food, it’s possibly beaten Italian to the top spot.  I have a serious...
Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup

Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup

Lycopene is present in all red fruits and vegetables, but its concentrations are highest in tomatoes and it becomes more readily available and biologically active when it comes from cooked tomatoes. Lycopene is currently the most powerful antioxidant which has been...
Blissful Chocolate Truffles

Blissful Chocolate Truffles

Thousands of years ago in ancient Mesoamerica, chocolate was created. It was once something pure. Without butter and milk. Without refined sugar. Not as we know it now, Kit Kats and Mars bars etc. With this recipe, you won’t miss them anyway. Your cravings will...